Many believe that we cannot move forward until we take a look back in retrospective contemplation. I have only to look back at the highlights of November (and earlier in the semester) to realize that we at Grace King have indeed been graced with a community of those who believe in putting forth their best efforts. We are in the midst of End of Course/Leap 2025 testing, and it has been a smooth and seamless effort on all parts. Our students arrive at school ready to learn and in turn show the world that they can apply what they’ve learned in their high school career to any test. Our faculty arrives ready to inspire, to listen and to create in spite of any limits on resources. Looking back confirms what we all know about a Grace King education; it is an education that has many variations and extends beyond the halls of the campus. We see it in the student painted murals on Esplanade Avenue, in our budding athletics programs, as well as our first annual Young People’s Matinee and Art Show.
An integral component of reflection also includes looking outward to the community. Charity begins at home, and the opportunity to practice the tenets of Irish P.R.I.D.E. lent itself to a perfect opportunity for the first annual Jive Turkey and Toy Drive. Our students will be playing Santa’s elves to the thirds graders at JC Ellis Elementary in mid-December, and I truly believe that they are more excited than the third graders.
Lastly, I want to extend delighted congratulations to our 2018 Student of the Year Cassie Connors. Upon meeting Cassie and learning of her story, you can see why she and her classmates selected the class motto, “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” Rather than letting a torn ACL defeat and immobilize her, Cassie has decided to take that experience and set her sights on enrollment in a physical therapy program in college. Cassie is a reflection of a community blessed with grace and the responsibility such blessings entails.
Wishing you Irish love, laughter, and peace during this holiday season,
Ms. Sharon Meggs-Hamilton